Wednesday, December 3, 2008

FREE Student and Teacher software


Now that I have the six new student netboooks the next step is to install the software.  Just like everyone, we want full functioning machines and our current budget for software is zero.  The great news is that there are now so many options for great educational, fun and productivity software that doesn't cost a thing.  Here is my initial list of programs and links to find and download them.

·         Photo

o   Faststone Image Viewer and resizer: http://www.faststone.org/

o   Picasa 3: http://picasa.google.com/

o   MS Photostory: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx

·         Video Player

o   VLC video player: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

o   Windows Media Player 11: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia

·         Antivirus and Antispy

o   AVG Free: http://free.avg.com

o   Spybot: http://www.spybot.info

·         Sound

o   Audacity (and LAME MP3 encoder): http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

·         Communication

o   Skype: http://www.skype.com/download/

o   MSN: http://get.live.com/messenger/overview

o   Google talk: http://www.google.com/talk/

·         Browser

o   Firefox: http://www.mozilla.org/download.html

o   Google Chrome: http://www.google.com/chrome

·         3-D animation

o   Blender: http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/

·         PDF Creator

o   Cute PDF writer: http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp

·         Curricular software:

o   Google Earth: http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html

Office/Productivity software (thanks to Darren's comment that reminded me about this category, it is funny how I forget to basics when focussing on student engagement).
I would love to know what others would suggest for titles to have in the educators toolkit.

I would love to know what others would suggest for titles to have in the educators' toolkit.

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